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Ellis [née Stickney], Sarah (1799–1872), writer and educationist, was born at Ridgmont, in Holderness, Yorkshire, the youngest of the five children of William Stickney (d. 1848), a Quaker farmer, and his wife, Esther, née Richardson (d. 1803). By his second wife, '...

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Howitt [née Botham], Mary (1799–1888), writer and translator, was born on 12 March 1799 at Coleford, Gloucestershire, the second child of Samuel Botham (1758–1823), a land surveyor, and Anne Wood (1764–1848). She and her elder sister, Anna, were brought up in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire...

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Massey, William (1691–1764?), writer and translator, born in January 1691 of Quaker parents, learned Latin, Greek, and French at a private grammar school kept by William Thompson at Nottingham, and afterwards took lessons in Hebrew from a clerk of the parish of St Gregory, Norwich...

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Serraillier, Ian Lucien (1912–1994), writer, schoolmaster, and editor of books for children, was born on 24 September 1912 at Kandar, Dawlish Road, London, the eldest son of Lucien Serraillier (1886–1919) and Mary Kirkland Rodger (1883–1940). His father was an engineering company manager of French descent who died in the 1919 influenza epidemic leaving four children under seven. ...